Third UFC Anti-Trust Lawsuit Filed on Christmas Eve

December 26, 2014
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Ultimate Fighting Championship parent company Zuffa, LLC, received an unwanted last-minute Christmas present on Wednesday when a third anti-trust lawsuit was filed against them.

The initial UFC lawsuit centered around anti-trust issues was filed on Tuesday, Dec. 16, when a legal team representing plaintiffs Cung LeJon Fitch, and Nate Quarry filed the suit in the United States District Court, Northern District of California, in San Jose, Calif.  The second such suit was filed on Monday, Dec. 22, on behalf of Javier Vasquez and Dennis Hallman.

Wednesday’s suit was filed on behalf of Brandon Vera and Pablo Garza.

SEE ALSO: Cung Le, Jon Fitch and Nate Quarry Spearhead Lawsuit Claiming UFC Killed Competition

LFertittaDWhiteUFC100_4618-750The various suits allege that the “UFC has engaged in an illegal scheme to eliminate competition from would-be rival MMA Promoters by systematically preventing them from gaining access to resources critical to successful MMA Promotions, including by imposing extreme restrictions on UFC Fighters’ ability to fight for would-be rivals during and after their tenure with the UFC. As part of the scheme, the UFC not only controls Fighters’ careers, but also takes and expropriates the rights to their names and likenesses in perpetuity. As a result of this scheme, UFC Fighters are paid a fraction of what they would earn in a competitive marketplace.”

The firms filing the suits on behalf of the fighters include the Joseph Saveri Law Firm; Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, PLLC; and Berger & Montague, P.C., all of which are noted for dealing with anti-trust legal issues.

SEE ALSO: UFC Class Action Lawsuit News Conference Audio

It was unclear at the time of publication why separate suits are being filed, if the various suits may eventually be combined, and whether or not there are more suits to come. But considering the recent actions, more lawsuits are likely on the way.

The UFC has yet to make much comment on the suit, other than to issue an official statement promising to “vigorously defend itself and its business practices.”

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  • Usmc8408

    Interesting how these lawsuits so far have been by washed up, has been, jaded fighters. Brandon Vera?! I should be suing him for false advertising! All the hype he used to build for his fights vs. his output was criminal, haha.

    Seriously though, we don’t know what goes on behind the scenes and if what they are doing is right, then I hope they succeed. It just seems sketchy to me though.

    • jesoos

      Not interesting at all, just logical. Fighters who are still employed by the UFC are obviously less likely to sue their “current” employer and fighters who are no longer employed by the UFC are less likely to still be in their prime.
      It’s common knowledge that the UFC treats their fighters like their little b1tches; they have to obey Lord White or they get fuc… up the @ss.

      • TheCerealKiller

        What’s next? The fry guy sues McDonalds?

        • jesoos

          It happens.

      • uncle

        You think pretty damn highly of Brandon Vera and the mop buckets
        but Fitch and Hallman are still good

      • Sarge

        Isn’t cung le a current employer or did he get released?!?

  • jesoos

    They signed Rampage to keep him from joining another lawsuit. Still we have Couture, and GSP in the works.

    • TheCerealKiller

      Rampage is irrelevant, but Couture vs Fedor is some juicy evidence.

      • jesoos

        Rampage could not shut up about how the UFC treated him and their employees like trash. The UFC does not want him to testify against them.

        • TheCerealKiller

          Give one example where Rampage was done wrong? He’s rich.

        • BarrysHypocrisy

          Have you ever listened to Rampage talk? If he testified against the UFC it would probably help them.

          Rampage whines so much about how bad everybody has treated him that nobody pays any attention to him anymore.

    • uncle

      Do you see the pattern? It’s only the fighters that suck a** that are suing

  • taylor2008

    Ah yes….yet another law suit that will make the attorneys richer and any fighters will get crumbs.

  • MikeMcK83

    With the way these type of class actions work it wouldn’t be surprising at all if these lawyers looked for fighters that were willing to be named plaintiffs. These suits will charge the ufc for violations that are way over these fighters heads. These suits are claiming a lot more than “I don’t get paid enough.”
    I could likely be a mistake to put too much into who the names on the paper are.
    Also, the lawyers will have to prove the the class has been effected, not just a few guys.

    Also, because it’s highly likely that these cases will be combined you could end up with many other suits being brought forth. More lawyers will want a cut for work they know they won’t really have to do in the end.

  • HooahJuice

    ALL ARE LOSERS IN THE OCTAGON!. They all suck!

  • drkdisciple

    Denis Hallman is the one that should be sued after wearing those gay speedos in the octagon.

  • MikeMcK83

    I could be wrong but I don’t believe how good anyone is as a fighter will be before a jury.
    I’m curious as to why anyone finds their records relevant?

    • uncle

      Records are relevant cause the fighters, that are suing have piss poor
      performances in the UFC. How come the fighters with wins are not
      talking about being mistreated?

      • MikeMcK83

        Probably because most people don’t bite the hand that feeds them. Once you’re out of the ufc you have a lot less to lose. Let’s say Jon jones believed he was getting screwed. Should he go wrap himself up in court through the prime of his career? If he doesn’t fight he wouldn’t even have damages. Or should Jon fight and just sue later when his career is all over, and his damages are the highest?
        Most fighters exit the ufc only when they’re losing. Not a lot of guys leaving undefeated. So they’re always going to look like has beens.
        That’s actu part of the reason for the lawsuits. There’s nowhere else to go if they speak out when they’re at the top of their game and the ufc cuts them

        • uncle

          Well Rumble didn’t start crying when the UFC cut him and
          look at him now. None of those guys are at the top anymore
          So comparing Jones to these bums is like pouring
          syrup on sh*t and calling it pancakes.

  • uncle

    So true these fighters want the UFC to take the blame for their piss poor performance.